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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 11:50 PM

'Homework gap' shows millions of kids lack home internet

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) With no computer or internet at home, Raegan Byrd's homework assignments present a nightly challenge: How much can she get done using just her smartphone?

On the tiny screen, she switches between web pages for research projects, losing track of tabs whenever friends send messages. She uses her thumbs to tap out school papers, but when glitches keep her from submitting assignments electronically, she writes them out by hand.

"At least I have something, instead of nothing, to explain the situation," said Raegan, a high school senior in Hartford.

She is among nearly 3 million students around the country who face struggles keeping up with their studies because they must make do without home internet. In classrooms, access to laptops and the internet is nearly universal. But at home, the cost of internet service and gaps in its availability create obstacles in urban areas and rural communities alike.

Read more: http://www.news-gazette.com/news/2019-06-10/homework-gap-shows-millions-kids-lack-home-internet.html
(Champaign News-Gazette)

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Reply 'Homework gap' shows millions of kids lack home internet (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jun 2019 OP
msongs Jun 2019 #1
WheelWalker Jun 2019 #2
elleng Jun 2019 #3
House of Roberts Jun 2019 #4
CRK7376 Mar 2020 #6
rayshow Feb 2020 #5
CRK7376 Mar 2020 #7
PatricMurphy89 Apr 2020 #8
marble falls Apr 2020 #9
The Polack MSgt Apr 2020 #10
Brykk Apr 2020 #11

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 12:10 AM

1. students did homework for thousands of yrs before the internet nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 12:27 AM

2. Not these students.

I think the point is, whether it's fair...? if there is a level playing field?

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Response to WheelWalker (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 01:00 AM

3. Never has been, likely never will be.

'Haves' don't give in or give up what's 'theirs.'

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 05:30 AM

4. Thousands of years? Maybe decades.

Better off homes had encyclopedias, making the wealth gap real then too.

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 10:01 PM

6. That's true but

it's harder now when the schools don't buy any textbooks. The most recent US History textbook I have in my classroom was published and purchased by our school in 2008. And we are a Title 1 school, where if we are lucky, 50% of the kids have internet on any given day. Many of our kids lose their internet at home because the bill wasn't paid and/or they don't have a computer. My school issued over 600 laptops wiping out our school two weeks ago when school cancelled until May15th due to COVID-19. Until classes resume we are trying to teach to our kids through e-learning. I hate it, but I'm not much of a tech type and would much rather see faces and bodies in the classroom. We do our best with what we have virus or not.

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Response to rayshow (Reply #5)

Tue Mar 31, 2020, 10:05 PM

7. As a high school teacher I give very little homework

knowing that most of it will not be attempted or completed. My classroom assignments roll into homework and if I'm lucky, most of my kids will turn it in.

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Response to PatricMurphy89 (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:00 PM

9. Hmmmmm .....

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Response to marble falls (Reply #9)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 10:16 PM

10. IKR

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